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Old 08-15-2011, 12:26 PM   #16
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Ya know, if you heat lead paint enough it creates vapors which get into your system more easily than dust?
Yup - that's why I don't use a heat gun. Work in a ventilated area. And do any other number of reasonable precautions for dealing with lead paint.

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My next project will be remodeling the family room/office & laundry room of the rental house.

Roughly 11' x 20'. Drywall, new entry door (to the garage), ceramic tile floor in the entry & laundry area, hardwood laminate in the family/office area. All new trim, including trimming out the window.

Can't start until after Labor Day, and I hope to get it done in September - roughly the same time ChrisN gets done stripping the back of his house with a heat gun.
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Old 08-15-2011, 04:40 PM   #18
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I am on my second coat of paint in the kitchen. Should wrap this up tomorrow.

Have been attaching SS screws to the molding on my porch project. Rain has slowed me a bit the past few days.

I also wrote a how to guide on scribing, placed it in the how to section of this site. Everthing I know I learned from this site. I like to write and I figured if someone as green as me arrives on this site they may benefit from seeing a few pics.

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Old 08-15-2011, 04:41 PM   #19
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You have a lot of work ahead of you chrisn. What colors are you going to paint the main body & trim? Also, are you doing the fence color a different color, and same with changing the landscaping? Your house would actually fit in around my wife's old neighborhood, or our Washington Park area here in Springfield, Il.

I am wanting to get rid of the old Aluminum siding on our Bungalow and bring it back to the original style from 1937, but keeping it painted is a lot of work.

It will be white with a little black accent on the back door. There will eventually be a new porch, well pickets or whatever. There used to be lattice work enclosing it which I tore off to open it up. Fence will remain white and the landscaping I have been working on for the last 25 years is DONE
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Works really well and minimizes the lead paint concerns.

I figue I have about as much lead in me as you can get, along with DDT and countless other haz mats.
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So to ventilate my soffits, I'm using 16"x3" vents and putting them in 24" on center spacing along the length. 12 vents per side. I've completed one side and the other side is completed up to the fence, first 5 vents are in. I need to finish the last 7. That should be doable in one evening.
The above part is done.

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Then I need to open up the wall sheathing between the soffit and the knee wall attic to complete the circuit. I did 3 holes with a cheap holesaw which burned up from the hardwood. If a bi-metal holesaw is adequate, I should also be able to do this this week.

As part of the project, I need to remove the staircase and slide from my daughter's castle bed. They don't use them, and it blocks easy access to the side attic on one side of the house.

I'll be doing well to get this done this by the end of the week but I'd say that is my goal.
Further progress tommorrow is improbable. Time this weekend for work will compete with the Selfridge Air Show and the Woodward Dream Cruise.
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Old 08-15-2011, 10:28 PM   #22
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Two hours of sanding this AM. Then we went back across the bridge (100 miles each way) to see our friend who had a heart attack.

I'm going to lose all day tomorrow too, because he's having his second stent put in and he needs someone there to be with him.

His worthless blankety-blank of a girlfriend left the day after his heart attack to go away for a long weekend and won't be able to be with him for the procedure because since she took the long weekend now she has to go back to work.

It's taking every fiber of my being to not spend the next two weeks figuring out how to ruin her life.
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That's a girlfriend you could do without.
We've been trying to convince him of this for years. Up until this I could say to myself: at least she makes him happy. And my opinion of her isn't relevant.

Now, I think she should be shamed into non-existence.
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Love can be blind. Maybe he will see the light?
I realize this is a slight hijack - but my goal today was to talk to my friend about his faithless girlfriend. I spent the entire day keeping him company while he waited for his procedure (that they ended up re-scheduling for tomorrow )

I had the terrible conversation in the most gentle loving way I could manage and asked him how he feels about the whole thing. Turns out he feels crappy about it. Great. Now I feel extra bad.
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Another work day down the drain. I don't mind going to the hospital, and I like supporting my friend. I'm not losing any money. And I'm not going to get in trouble for not getting things done. It's still a major PITA that if I'm not doing things they aren't getting done - I need more hours in the day.

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More hours in the day would be great. I've been trying to put up the new siding around my 3rd story windows for 2 weeks, ever since it was delivered. One of my twins has surgery next week, several appts prior, my coworker is getting married today, wife's cousin needs brake lines fixed on his truck, and my stepsons birthday party is tomorrow afternoon. I picked the wrong weekend >:-) I need about 4 hours of 'fix it time' at the end of every day....28 hr day would be great.
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I spent today calibrating the lcd hd in our bedroom. Hard part was getting the white balance t the correct levels, due to had to eyeball it. It looks pretty good, I would have to say.

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